We're still big fans of an overseas getaway, but there's no denying that Australia is really having a moment right now. With the world's attention turning to Down Under, plenty of fantastic resorts, retreats and hotels are stealing the spotlight (and in fabulous style). Thinking of exploring your own backyard for your next holiday? Here's a collection of dreamy new escapes that'll have you saying "There's no place like home"…
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For… a relaxing coastal getaway
Bannisters Port Stephens, New South Wales
The latest offering from Bannisters is all kinds of coastal cool. Overlooking the azure waters of one of New South Wales' loveliest coastlines, Bannisters Port Stephens boasts all the makings for a relaxing getaway – stylish guest rooms with spectacular views, proximity to the beach, an infinity-pool-with-a-view and a handful of impressive dining options.
Overseen by culinary heavyweight Rick Stein, two sleek restaurants and a laid-back tavern bar complement their coastal setting with exquisite seafood dishes and refreshing tipples. Come for the view, stay for the super-fresh seafood.
For… an adventure-packed short break
Under Sky Glamping, Victoria
If you're looking to mix a little adventure with a touch of luxury, escape to Under Sky at Victoria's glorious Mt Buffalo National Park. Featuring a collection of romantic canvas bell tents (all decked out to the max, of course), the glamping site is tucked away in a rugged snow gum woodland and is just moments from the majestic Lake Catani. In other words, it's a true natural playground.
Round out the whole experience with scenic hikes, canoeing, bike-riding or an intimate picnic – but get in quick. Under Sky is only open until mid-December, with the site open for only a limited season.
For… a unique island retreat
Mistere Spa and Retreat Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Discovering South Australia's incredible Kangaroo Island is something everyone should do at least once. The ideal base for your island adventure, Mistere Spa & Retreat features all the mod-cons, plus jaw-dropping views of the rugged coastline.
Though close to the wonderful local attractions, the eco-retreat also feels completely exclusive, spread out over 100 acres of green lawn. Escape to this fabulous home-away-from-home just the two of you, or treat yourselves to a big getaway with a group of friends (there are three bedrooms to choose from here). However you envision your Kangaroo Island sojourn, don't miss incredible experiences like cellar door-hopping, uncovering the island's natural wonders and spotting kangaroos – of course – from your expansive deck.
For... a luxurious stay in the wilderness
Three Capes Lodge Walk, Tasmania
Want more from your accommodation than just a beautiful place to stay? See some of Tasmania's most exceptional landscapes when you treat yourselves to the Three Capes Lodge Walk. The latest addition from the acclaimed Great Walks of Australia group, the unique offering involves a sensational four-day 46-kilometre guided walk and stays at a seriously luxe lodge.
A real highlight of the experience is journeying along the iconic Three Capes Track. Taking in epic sea stacks, mountainscapes, cliffs and coastline, it'll have couples marvelling at Mother Nature's grandeur. After a day spent on foot, indulgent spa treatments and wine-paired gourmet meals back at the retreat are a brilliant way to top everything off.
For… a chic city escape
The Calile Hotel, Queensland
If it's a chic city escape you're after, book a stay at Australia's first urban resort. Located in the heart of Brisbane's hip James Street Precinct, The Calile Hotel is perfect for a relaxing short break.
With straight-from-an-interiors-mag design, a glamorous pool, day spa, Lobby Bar and Greek-inspired restaurant, the city-central resort will catch the eye of fashion- and luxury-lovers alike. Pamper yourselves with a rejuvenating spa treatment, chill out by the pool and hit the town for a celeb-style romantic getaway.